Lieutenant Colonel Gabriel OlorunyomiÂ “declined to say who was suspected of the attack.”Â Why, it could be anyone! Doubtless it was armed Islamophobes mistaking Christians for Muslims.
He says, quite rightly, that that is blackmail. But Boko Haram is just following the example of Muhammad, who said: “I have been ordered (by Allah) to fight against the people until they testify that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah and that Muhammad is Allah’s Apostle, and offer the prayers perfectly and give the obligatory charity, so if they perform a that, then they save their lives and property from me except for Islamic laws and then their reckoning (accounts) will be done by Allah.” — Bukhari 1.2.24
There is also sura al anfal:
[8:65] O you prophet, you shall exhort the believers to fight. If there are twenty of you who are steadfast, they can defeat two hundred, and a hundred of you can defeat a thousand of those who disbelieved. That is because they are people who do not understand.
All things considered, it is almost a miracle that Nigeria hasn’t tipped yet. Ivory Coast fell when the Muslim population was barely 30%, in Nigeria its Â about 50:50, so it won’t be long…..
“Embrace Islam or resign, Boko Haram tells Jonathan â€¢Your demand laughable – President,” by Leon Usigbe for theÂ Nigerian Tribune, August 5
ISLAMIC sect, Boko Haram, has called on President Goodluck Jonathan to embrace Islam or resign from office. However, the president, on Sunday, dismissed the demand as laughable and a blackmail. The call was contained in a Youtube video released on Saturday, showing the leader of the sect, Mallam Abubakar Shekau, also criticising President Barack Obama of the United States of America (USA) over the classification of the sect leaders as terrorists, which could lead to the seizure of his assets in the US.“I call on you President Goodluck Jonathan, you should abandon this ungodly power, you should repent and forsake Christianity, including Obama, who said I have business interests in the United States,” Shekau said in the Hausa language video.
In a reaction to the position, the president, speaking through his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr Reuben Abati, in Abuja, on Sunday, said the demand amounted to blackmail which he would never succumb to.
President Jonathan, according to his media aide, would not resign, based on the mandate given to him by Nigerians in the 2011 presidential poll.
He observed that it was, therefore, laughable for any group in the country to make such demand, moreso [sic] as the president, a Christian, was elected by both Muslims and Christians.
Abati added that “as president, Dr Jonathan is the leader of both Muslims and Christians, in fact, he is the leader of persons of all faiths. “So, it amounts to sheer blackmail for any individual or group to ask the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to convert to Islam. The president cannot be intimidated by any group or individual. The president will never resign. He has the mandate of Nigerians to serve his fatherland and nobody should imagine that he will succumb to blackmail.”
Good luck, Jonathan.
Lieutenant Colonel Gabriel Olorunyomi “declined to say who was suspected of the attack.” Why, it could be anyone! Doubtless it was armed Islamophobes mistaking Christians for Muslims.
“19 killed in attack on Christian church in Nigeria,” fromÂ AP, August 7 (thanks to JW):
Gunmen have shot dead at least 19 people in a Christian church in central Nigeria, according to an army official.Lieutenant Colonel Gabriel Olorunyomi said the gunmen stormed a church building where worshippers had gathered to pray late on Monday in the town of Otite, near the city of Okene….
He declined to say who was suspected of the attack and there has been no claim of responsibility.
However, a radical Islamist sect has claimed several church attacks in Nigeria this year.